Exclusive: REELZ explores the mysterious death of Bruce Lee


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Everyone knows the name, Bruce Lee. But what do we know about his tragic death? ‘Autopsy: The Death of … Bruce Lee’ tries to find out.

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In a new episode of Autopsy: The Death of… Bruce Lee doctors look at what surrounds the mysterious death of one of the most well-known actors of all-time, Bruce Lee.

Many people know Bruce Lee as the Martial Arts superstar, American actor, director and philosopher. Born in San Francisco in 1940, he lived until 1973 when he was 33 years old. He’s credited as one of the most influential Martial Artists of all time and an iconic pop culture icon. He’s also very much credited with how Asians were presented in American films thanks to his work in the likes of  Lo Wei’s The Big Boss (1971) and Fist of Fury (1972); Golden Harvest’s Way of the Dragon (1972), and Warner Brothers’ Enter the Dragon (1973) and The Game of Death (1978).

In the REELZ special, Dr. Michael Hunter reviews the autopsy report of Bruce Lee to figure out the circumstances of his death with an exploration into the actions taken after his second collapse in his Hong Kong apartment.

"Martial Arts superstar, Bruce Lee died in Hong Kong under mysterious circumstances at just 32 years old. An inquest concluded that his death was caused by a reaction to a prescription painkiller given to him by his girlfriend. For more than forty years, controversy has surrounded this conclusion with theories emerging as to what might have really caused his death. Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Michael Hunter has gained access to Bruce Lee’s autopsy report to dispel the rumors and reveal the true cause of Bruce Lee’s death."

The clip below follows the doctor’s repeated trials to revive Lee, to no success. From defibrillation to adrenaline right into his heart, it was impossible to revive him. According to the clip, “No one wanted to be responsible for the death of Bruce Lee.”

However, when they found him, it was reported that he was “deeply comatose and not rousable. His pulse was not perceptible, and no signs of respiration.”

ATL2206 Clip 3 from Cody Schultz on Vimeo.

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Follow the journey to the information into such a young death of a popular icon, this Saturday.

Autopsy: The Last Hour Of…Bruce Lee airs Saturday, July 15 at 9 pm ET/PT, only on REELZ.